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Thailand's Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok

Bangkok, Thailand
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  • 9 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Combine a visit from Bangkok to Ayutthaya—the UNESCO-listed ancient capital of Siam—with a riverboat trip on the Chao Phraya River. An informative guide highlights Thailand’s fascinating history as you explore Ayutthaya temples, stone ruins and Buddha statues in the old capital of Thailand, which was ransacked by invading Burmese in the 18th century. This full-day tour includes lunch and returns you to Bangkok by boat.
  • Day trip from Bangkok to Ayutthaya, former capital of Siam
  • Riverboat cruise along the Chao Phraya River from Ayutthaya
  • See Wat Mahathat and Buddha's head entwined in tree roots
  • English-speaking licensed guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from central Bangkok hotels

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This tour makes an early start to ensure maximum time exploring the Ayutthaya temples.

What's Included

  • Admission Fees to all the temples & palace
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • Thai & International Lunch Buffet on board
  • Return riverboat trip
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop off (applies for the option "With Hotel Pick Up" only)
  • Soda/Pop
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

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Start time

07:30 am

Pickup details

The Departure time of the tour is 7:30 am. The Pickup time from your hotel is between 6:30 am and 7:30 am - various depending on the location of your hotel. The exact Pickup time will be communicated to you with your booking confirmation. Remarks: Please be aware that the pick-up for this tour is included and covers all the hotel located in the following areas: (Silom Road, Thai Cultural Centre, Phaya Thai, Huai Khang, Bang Rak, Sathorn, Surawong Road, Rajdamri Road, Ram Buttri Chana Songkhram, Luangsuan Road, Khaosan Road) For hotel pick-ups outside of this area, an additional charge may be applied or a closer meeting point pick-up may be suggested to you by our Team upon reception of your booking.

What To Expect

After hotel pickup, your vehicle makes the journey north from Bangkok to Ayutthaya Historical Park. The old capital of Thailand (aka the Kingdom of Siam) from 1350 until 1767, Ayutthaya was largely destroyed by the Burmese and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site full of intact temples, monasteries, palace ruins, and beheaded Buddhist statues.

On arrival, set out on foot with your knowledgeable guide who leads you to notable Ayutthaya temples and the ancient Royal Palace ruins.

Marvel at the Buddha's head resting in the tree roots overtaking Wat Mahathat and visit the well-preserved summer palace of King Rama IV with its mixture of Thai, Chinese, and Gothic architecture. All admission fees are included in the price of the tour.

Complete your full-day excursion with a riverboat lunch cruise on the Chao Phraya River back to Bangkok. Tuck into a delicious buffet lunch and enjoy views of temples lining the riverbank, such as Wat Arun, before your tour ends with drop-off at your hotel.

Wat Mahathat

Wat Mahathat, “the temple of the Great Relic” was one of the most important temples in the Ayutthaya Kingdom. Located on the historical island the large monastery features a huge central prang, a very large principal viharn and ubosot and a great number of subsidiary chedis and viharns. The upper part of its once massive central prang has collapsed. Today only the base remains.

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Wat Phra Sri Sanphet

Wat Phra Si Sanphet, also known as the "Temple of the Holy, Splendid Omniscient" was the holiest temple in Ayutthaya during the Ayutthaya period and until the city was destroyed by the Burmese in 1767. It was the grandest and most beautiful temple in the capital and it served as a model for Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok.

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • When visiting temples visitors should ensure they are suitably dressed. Long pants which go down to the ankle, not tight and not torn - Tops with sleeves and must not be see-through should be worn. If the dress code is not applied then upon the day of the activity it may be possible to rent on spot at your cost. Our guide will help you
  • You must provide your hotel details at time of booking, failure to do so may result in cancellation
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • There is no health restrictions for this tour
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 36 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

Must wear pants and top thst covers shoulders for stop#1 Bang Pa In palace.
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Great tour
Wendy_S, Mar 2023
Good tour guide, they pick you up and drop you off, and you get to see the far reaching ruins around Bangkok. The boat ride home had a surprisingly good lunch, too!
MacaRamirez, Mar 2023
I love thr place and specially my tour guide dona she was so nice and friendly sharing a lot of things of her community as she was born there , I had a lot of fun I promise I will come back here again sooner or later 💗
Ayutthaya Day Trip
GregoryS, Mar 2023
Early morning pickup at hotel to join tour to Ayutthaya. About an hour bus ride to Ayutthaya from Bangkok. Interesting site. Lots of Buddhas, ruins. Tour guide informative although it was sometimes difficult following his train of thought. Boat ride back to Bangkok with commentary along the way. Excellent buffet lunch on board boat.
1 traveler found this review helpful
I enjoyed the tour. Very...
Kareen_C, Mar 2023
I enjoyed the tour. Very informative and organized. The tour agency is very professional. They picked me up at my hotel at 6:30, right on time with the schedule. Food in the river cruise is great. With wide choices of asian menu. I love the energy of our tour guide, Mr Pon. Will definitely reommend this to friends.
1 traveler found this review helpful
JoanRivera, Mar 2023
We were excited to go the showed up and your earlier saying we had to leave I asked for ten minutes to get ready and they said no that the would leave so they left. We lost our money and our tour
Russ_F, Mar 2023
Great relaxing narrative tour. Our host, Donna, was accommodating stopping in shade spots for narratives, with great communication skills, and even took pics for us in the best spots. Ac on bus, great food on boat, all as advertised!
1 traveler found this review helpful
A worthy day in Bangkok
Ruwantha_P, Mar 2023
It was a wonderful experience in Bangkok. A big thank you for the guide (English meaning of his name is "First") who was a local and knew every inch of the area. Temples, ruins, history and etc was so fascinating to see. Best part was the lunch at the boat which was Grand and fancy. We felt the boat journey back to Bangkok was bit long but after a heavy lunch sit back and relaxing is not that bad. Go for it.
Cultural experiences on point
Candice_P, Feb 2023
This was such a cultural experience and was so amazing. We had Donna as our guide who did everything in her power to make our experience memorable. She even took photos of everyone in front of certain monuments for memories. She took us to a local ice cream vendor as well as a local market to get souvenirs. The actual tour was amazing, see all the ancient ruins and Ayuttaya was well worth it. The River cruise at the end was an amazing way to end the day.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Excellent value, a great day out
Shannon_T, Feb 2023
Our guide, Mr Paul was not only extremely knowledgeable and witty but also very, very good looking 😉 Very safe and competent bus driver, great info provided around the temples, with plenty of time to explore on your own. The cruise and buffet lunch on the way back was fantastic (the food was amazing). Good value for money, would recommend 👍🏼
Wonderful tour!
Allen_M, Feb 2023
Great tour, fun all the way around and the ruins are amazing. Picked us up and returned us to hotel which was great, and your bus was air conditioned well and comfortable. I am also incredibly grateful to this tour provider as I left my nice camera with all my vacation photos on the hotel shuttle, and they not only tracked it down but arranged for it to be at a certain time and place for me to pick up. Thank you so much, it meant the world to us! 🙏♥️👍
Day out
Glannes_o, Feb 2023
Mr. Paul was an excellent guide and communicator. The trip proceeded at a good pace. Only issue was pickup was 30 minutes late.
Amazing Ayutthaya
LINLING_C, Feb 2023
Interesting ancient ruins that still has the beautiful Buddhas’ structures and stupas standing majestically and amazingly
1 traveler found this review helpful
First was our guide & so...
Bonnie_H, Feb 2023
First was our guide & so happy he was - such a lovely person. The temples & history were fabulous. Cruise & delicious buffet lunch were a perfect way to end a great day. Only negstive was waiting far too long for late guests to start our tour. Several of us gave up breakfast to be thete for a 7:20 start only to sit past 8:30 for no shows.
1 traveler found this review helpful
There wasn’t any since we...
Maralyn_G, Feb 2023
There wasn’t any since we were unable to go due to illness. Unsympathetic no emergency number given. Will not move to another day. Very very disappointed with the aptitude of tours east.😩😩😩😩
1 traveler found this review helpful
Well paced, historical tour!
Michelle_H, Jan 2023
This was a well organized trip. Our guide “First” was one of the best guides we’ve ever had. It was a historical, well paced experience that ended with a relaxing cruise along the Chao Phraya river and a delicious lunch buffet. Highly recommend.
Shivang_R, Jan 2023
Great tour and gear tour guide. The cruise was spectacular with amazing selection of food to choose from.
Ayutthaya Temples and River Cruise from Bangkok
Julcor, Mar 2020
Very well-organized tour, a very informative travel guide with a great sense of humor. Money well spent.
2 travelers found this review helpful
Chalong Temple Tour
Terry_K, Mar 2020
Wonderful experience! We learned so much about the temple and the daily processes happening at the temple. Highly recommend this tour.
Temple tour
Vic_c, Mar 2020
Well organised The guide was very helpful knoledgeble and pleasant but we did struggle to understand a lot of what he was saying Food was excellent on the boat
Overall good trip
Vic_c, Mar 2020
The tour was well organised and the guide was very helpful and friendly but we did struggle to understand him that was a shame


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